Each one measures 5 11/16" long. They are hefty, with the group weighing 7.5 T. oz.
"Old Medici" is a dense, figural design that is subject to polishing wear. These retain all the intricacy of their original production, showing only minimal evidence of use...
The pattern is a knot (similar to "Le Cordon") and leaf design dating c. 1860...
This 7 5/16" long, coin silver master butter knife in the Jenny Lind pattern was made by Coles, and bears his three part pseudo hallmark on the backside of the blade. The front side is stamped with the retailer's name, "Jas. H. Hart & Co." operating under this name 1857-62 in Brooklyn, New York...
This example is a 6 1/8" long, slightly over .8 T. oz., sugar spoon. The handle has a cut border with a raised, lozenge-like, central area. This is inscribed with a period "D Mc" monogram. The border around the raised area is engraved, as is most of the handle.
The plum-shaped bowl has a central rib, slightly pointed tip, and flanged edges...
It measures 3" long when closed and 5 1/2" when open. The handle has a lined and scrolled border.
The blade is stamped with with Coles' three part pseudo hallmark. Neither the handle nor the blade has a monogram or removal.
The elaborate "dolphin-like fish with scales" pattern on the handle is one identified with Coles. A pair of animals entwine with one another, with a smaller fish placed between the larger two's tails.
The handle was paired with a variety of blade...
The knife measures 6 7/8" long while the fork measures 6 1/4". The combined weight is approximately 2.1 T. oz., but a substantial portion of this is the filling in the handles.
The pattern is a "Leaf" variant with other elements that resemble common motifs of the time. In this case, the look is quite similar to Polhamus' "Armor."
The blade of the knife is relati...
This 9" long, nearly 2.7 T. oz., twist stem, example was produced by New York's Albert Coles. It was one of several designs in this genre that Coles offered.
It is die struck and portrays a raised classical warrior figure surrounded by detailing that has an architectural quality to it.
In his foundational work "Silver Medallion Flatware," D. Albert Soeffin...
The central feature of the pattern is a satyr's face that occupies the portion just below the reserve located on the slightly upturned end of the handle. Such imagery may be connected to 16th sculpture subjects associated with this German city.
This measures 9" long and weighs 2.0 T. oz. The blade is 4 1/4 by 2 5/8" at th...
The bowl is a modified shell form with a scalloped end and slightly flanged edges.
It is stamped "Sterling" but the maker's mark is rubbed, leaving the formal pattern name in...
It is marked "F&G" in an oval and "Sterling."
The handle is cast with a grooved center. This resembles a stem. This in turn has an applied, again cast, floral and leaf form attached at the end. This has a tail that resembles a tendril wrapped around the handle.
The 2 1/8" wide serving end has five, broad tines.
The condition is excellent...
This 6 1/8" long, approximately .8 T. oz., oversize tea or possibly youth spoon is an example of the firm's rarely found "Lily" patte...